NCAA Football Picks - Virginia Tech To Go Over Against Boston College

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Joe Catalano

Friday, September 16, 2016 9:19 PM GMT

Friday, Sep. 16, 2016 9:19 PM GMT

The Eagles, who possess, a strong overall defense, must now face a Virginia Tech Hokies (1-1) team who suffered a tough loss to the 17th ranked Tennessee Volunteers. Virginia Tech must eliminate mistakes or we could possibly see an upset here. See who we think will come out with the "W".

Kickoff is set for Saturday, September 17th, at 3:30 p.m. EST at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field in Blacksburg, Virginia. This game can be seen on ESPN U. According to 5 Dimes Sportsbook, which is offering a 50% Free Play Bonus, the Hokies are a 6 point betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at 41 1/2. Although Virginia Tech comes into this game at home and as the betting favorite they can't be overly confident as they have a lot to work on.


The Hokies got out to a quick 14-0 lead against Tennessee, but 5 turnovers later, and getting dominated by the Volunteers in the 2nd half, the Hokies were defeated 45-24. As all football followers know, turnovers are a killer and Virginia Tech was a -4 in week 2 where turnovers are concerned. Another aspect of their game which concerns me is their defense against the rush. The Hokies can light up the scoreboard, but are also a team that allows 29 points per game and over 160 yards on the ground. This isn't a great recipe for a winning college football pick. The elite teams such as Alabama always have top-rated defenses and Virginia Tech isn't at that level.


Playing To Virginia Tech's Weakness
The Boston College Eagles have to like their chances coming in this game as there should be plenty of holes for leading running back, John Hillman to run along with starting quarterback, Patrick Towles.

Towles has had to improvise as he only has 3 receivers that have caught more than 1 reception in the first two games and he can take off when necessary (22 rushes, 93 yards, 1 TD). As for John Hillman,the prospect of him having a big game in this spot is great. This is a running back that ran for 860 yards and 13 TD's two seasons ago and he's gotten out of the gates quickly this season with an outstanding 102 yard 1 TD effort in the week 1 loss to Georgia Tech. Hillman is a grinder that takes his toll on the opponent. Look for a 4 to 5 yards per carry average at the most from Hillman as he will look to wear down this Virginia Tech defense, and the college football odds will surely reflect that.

As for the receiving game, the Eagles are somewhat thin, but the sophomore, Jeff Smith, is coming off of a very encouraging 5 receptions for 98 yards and 2 TD's effort against Massachusetts. The level of opposition is greater for BC in this game and they will look for John Hillman to lead the way.


Well Balanced Hokies Offense
The Virginia Tech Hokies are going to want to turn this game into a track meet as they possess a far superior offense to that of their opponent. Boston College is going to want to run the clock while Jerod Evans (435 yards, 5 TD, 0 INT) will be looking to be air the football out to his top two receiversIsaiah Phillips (16 receptions, 168 yards, 1 TD) and Cam Phillips (12 receptions, 130 yards, 1 TD). Ford could be the breakout star in this game as this is the receiver that caught 75 balls for 1164 yards and 11 TD's last season and would like to make up for a lackluster effort against Tennessee. While Boston College possesses a formidable defense, athletic talent and experience win out in the end.

Sophomore running back, Travon McMillian also provides another weapon for the Hokies as he ran for over 1000 yards in his freshman season. I look for a Virginia Tech to cut down on their mistakes and play a smarter game against Boston College as their offense should dominate here. Lay the points and take the Hokies in Blacksburg.


Free College Football Pick: Virginia Tech -6 (-110)
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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